Ole Miss Family Association

University of Mississippi
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    Session for parents
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  • Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

    Support your student! Strengthen the University! Connect with the Ole Miss Family!

    Join the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council (OMFLC) and be a part of a vibrant organization that shares the University of Mississippi’s vision of a nationally recognized academic institution and is committed to supporting exceptional educational opportunities.

    OMFLC began in 2014 and has impacted the Ole Miss student experience by supporting areas within the Division of Student Affairs such as health and wellness, campus safety, career services, and student leadership.

    Membership on this council enables parents to direct their support to programs that enhance the student experience and strengthen the university. OMFLC members also have the opportunity to share feedback with UM leaders, faculty, and staff, as well as hear updates on new programs and the expansion and growth of campus.

    With an OMFLC membership you have the opportunity to:

    • Collaborate with university leaders
    • Help direct campus support to areas with the greatest benefit for your student
    • Exchange and implement ideas that improve your student’s experience
    • Attend two annual meetings: one during the fall semester and the second in the spring
    • Build friendships with other parents and students
    • Host or assist with finding hosts for Freshman Summer Sendoffs in your community
    • Plan or assist in planning Ole Miss recruitment events in your community
    • Serve a one-year renewable term



    Membership can be obtained through a minimum annual gift of $2,500 to the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

    For more information, contact Brett Barefoot at 662-915-2711 or bmbarefo@olemiss.edu.  Families also can join online at www.umfoundation.com/flc.


    Enhancing Students’ Experiences

    Parents Join to Exchange Ideas, Support Programs

    Ole Miss Family Leadership Council members gather with Chancellor Jeff Vitter and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc (standing, center) at the council’s recent fall semester meeting.


    Ole Miss Family Leadership Council members came together for their fall semester meeting Sept. 23, interacted with Chancellor Jeff Vitter and heard his vision for the University of Mississippi’s future.

    Speakers at the meeting also included John T Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance; Robert Saarnio, director of the University Museum and Historic Houses; and Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs.

    The purpose of the Family Leadership Council is to encourage communication between the university and parents in order to improve the Ole Miss experience for students. Council members provide advice and guidance to the Division of Student Affairs and University Development on programs related to parents as well as serve as liaisons between the university and parents.

    To be a part of the council, parents of Ole Miss students donate $2,500 annually and participate in the fall and spring meetings. Council members review requests submitted by the Division of Student Affairs and determine which projects to support with their combined gifts. They look for projects that will make a positive impact on students’ experiences, such as those related to student safety.

    “These families are excellent advocates for Ole Miss. They’re already paying for their children’s tuition, books, housing and other needs, and they choose give an additional $2,500 annual gift to serve on the council,” said Brett Barefoot, director of parent development. “It’s obvious that these council members care deeply about their children’s campus experience. The university community is grateful for this wonderful support, input and involvement.”

    The spring meeting is set for April 28, 2017. To learn more about the Ole Miss Parents Council, contact Brett Barefoot, director of parent development, at bmbarefo@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2711.



    2016-17 Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

    New Members

    George and Dyan Getz Paradise Valley, AZ
    Fred and Julie Jewell Atlanta, GA
    Michael and Kelly Mollerus Leawood, KS
    James and Kimberly Eickholz Paducah, KY
    Bill and Carol Windham Bossier City, LA
    Terry and Liz Creel New Orleans, LA
    Joel and Jane Wood Ann Arbor, MI
    Jon and Sue Tellier Caledonia, MI
    Scott and Shelley Ririe Chesterfield, MO
    John and Susan Allbert Charlotte, NC
    Charles Willis Durham, NC
    Chris and Christine Manning Rye, NY
    Peter and Deans Fawcett Columbia, SC
    Bill and Sally Coker Spartanburg, SC
    Randy and Rebecca Wight Dallas, TX
    Fuller and Kara French Fort Worth, TX
    William and Mary Parsons San Antonio, TX
    Michael and Lynnleigh Maloney Henrico, VA


    2015-16 & 2016-17 Members (2 consecutive years)

    William and Alice Major Birmingham, AL
    James and Tracy Beckwith Sacramento, CA
    Kevin Bulivant and Mary Rotunno San Francisco, CA
    Margaret Conolly Jacksonville, FL
    Andy and Nancy Alford Tampa, FL
    Lee and Nancy Caswell Atlanta, GA
    Jackson and Dede Houk Atlanta, GA
    Reese and Ruth Lanier Atlanta, GA
    Keith Ketchman Schaumburg, IL
    Richard and Linda Biernacki Shreveport, LA
    Mike and Evelyn Donatelli New York, NY
    Angela Lynch Florence, SC
    Ed and Carla Moreland Dallas, TX
    Reese and Rebecca Hillard Fort Worth, TX
    Meg Wilson Houston, TX


    2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17 Members (3 consecutive years)

    Mark and Ansley Conner Atlanta, GA
    Jon and Susan Crisler Atlanta, GA
    Bill and Mitzi Linginfelter Atlanta, GA
    Greg and Louise Cunningham Oxford, MS
    Kent and Jenny Nicaud Pass Christian, MS
    Chuck and Dawn Barnett Dallas, TX
    David and Raney Payne Frisco, TX